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The Four Pillars of Prosperity:
Governments, Businesses, Religions, and Banks

Copyright August 1, 2011 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
All Rights Reserved.

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ISBN: 978-0-9837933-9-7
Type of Book: Paperback
Book Size: 8.5 inches by 11 inches
Number of Pages: 44
Number of Full Color Pictures: 34
Normal Retail Price: $9.95

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Long-term economic prosperity cannot be achieved unless it is built on a solid foundation. That solid foundation consists of four pillars: governments, businesses, religions, and banks.

Each pillar is a key element in the prosperity of a nation and this includes its government, its businesses, it religions, its banks, and ultimately its citizens. When one or more of the pillars is missing or is unnecessarily restricted then that nation will not experience long-term financial prosperity.

All nations have some form of government, some type of business entities, some type of banking system, and some form of religion. It is not enough to just have the appearance of all four of the pillars. Each of the four pillars must be independent of the other pillars and each pillar needs to function in a manner that is harmonious to a higher standard of living for everyone within that nation. If any pillar decides that it is the only important pillar of that society, and that only the individuals who are part of that pillar are important, then the entire society suffers. Even though the members of the selfish pillar may have a higher standard of living compared to the individuals in the other three pillars in their society, their standard of living will be significantly lower than the standard of living of their peers in other societies that have a reasonable balance between the four pillars.

The purpose of this book is to explain how to achieve a reasonable balance between all four pillars. The solution is relatively simple and it can be understood by almost anyone even if that person does not have a legal background, or a business background, or a religious background, or a financial background.

This book presents a simple common-sense answer to how long-term financial prosperity can be achieved by any nation if that nation is willing to take a honest look at how it manages its four pillars of prosperity.

Preface to
The Four Pillars of Prosperity:
Governments, Businesses, Religions, and Banks

The Preface at the front of the book includes all the information in the above Amazon Book Description.
But the Preface also includes the following comment about my credentials:

Finally, please allow me to explain why I believe I am qualified to write a book such as this one.

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic State University, and a Master of Business Administration Degree with a Major in Marketing from Georgia State University. I have taken college courses in Management, Economics, Accounting, Money and Banking, Marketing, Engineering, and Statistics.

I am a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) and I have been employed as an Engineer in the following industries: Apparel, Textile, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and Eyeglass Lenses.

I have done consulting work for the following companies: FedEx, Delta Airlines, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Company, Grumman Corporation, U.S. Can, Anheuser Busch Brewing Company, Motorola, Home Depot, General Motors, Johnson Automotive Products, Herman Miller Furniture Company, Healthcare Atlanta, Medical Marketing Group, Georgia Power, Scovill Fasteners, Southern Mills, Amoco Fabrics, Scientific Atlanta, Ciba-Vision, Georgia Marble, Consolidated Groceries, Wayne Farms, Equifax, Nationwide Credit, and 12 other corporations whose names you would not recognize.

As a full-time University Professor I have taught college courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Engineering Economics (total cost of an item over its entire useful life), Marketing, Accounting, Quality Assurance, Statistics, Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma Quality Improvement, Plant Layout, and Work Measurement.

In the area of religion I have been a member of the Gideons for over thirty-years (free Gideon Bibles). I was ordained as a Deacon in a Christian Church in 1980 and I have taught Sunday School, Children's Church, and Scouting. I have taught Bible Study Classes in the evenings at prisons. I have attended a Christian Church approximately 48 weeks of every year for thirty-five years and I have read the Holy Bible almost every day for thirty-five years.

I have carefully observed what has been happening in the United States of America and the rest of the world for over forty-years.

In my opinion I am qualified to write a common-sense analysis of governments, businesses, religions, and banks.

August 1, 2011

Table of Contents

Approximately one-third of the information in this book is not on my web site.

Chapter Page
1Introduction to the Four Pillars of Prosperity 1
2Governments - The First Pillar of Prosperity 3
3Businesses - The Second Pillar of Prosperity 11
4Religions - The Third Pillar of Prosperity 15
5Banks - The Fourth Pillar of Prosperity 23
6Real Money - A Simple Solution 27
7An Honest, Simple, Efficient Government 32
8Firearm and Knife Laws 35
Index 39
About the Author 40

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